Diversity & Inclusion in the Healthcare Workplace – Having Critical Conversations
Jerry Irby

Virtual Think Tank Series

Diversity & Inclusion in the Healthcare Workplace – Having Critical Conversations

Wednesday, July 29, 2020 • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM (EDT)

Most healthcare organizations agree that a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture drive employee engagement, satisfaction and outcomes, however, prior to the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests, many still struggled to find the right combination of activities that would result in sustainable change. According to BCG, D&I initiatives were plentiful but ineffective, stating that “they underestimate the obstacles confronting an employee of a diverse group, perceiving a workplace with far less bias than actually exists.”

Prior to COVID-19 and Black Lives Matter, there was not a great deal of focus on structural issues and challenges employees face. In these unprecedented times, it is going to take all voices. Diversity & Inclusion needs a new lens; it needs to move from the theoretical to the practical. Strategies for diversity and inclusion initiatives need to be rooted in data and people analytics so that proposals, investments and outcomes can gain leadership, employee and stakeholder buy-in. It will take intentional, inclusive leadership to harness the ideas needed to pull organizations back from the brink.

This Virtual Think Tank will be restricted to an intimate group of hospital and health system Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officers, CHROs, SVPs and VPs of HR and Talent Management. These executives will share perspectives around critical diversity and inclusion issues, challenges and areas of concern that are front of mind as they navigate what one Healthcare HR Executive recently described as the “two pandemics: COVID-19 and Social Upheaval.”

In this session, Jerri Irby, Wake Forest Baptist Health’s VP of HR will join CJ Floros, Laudio’s COO in a lively discussion which will inspire interaction amongst the attending healthcare executives to explore the following:

  • What does Diversity and inclusion mean to your organization? Does it mean anything different after the BLM movement than it did before?
  • How are you currently trying to impact change  (initiatives, training, operationally)
  • What has worked well and been successful? Why?
  • What has not been successful? Why?
Jerri Irby
VP, HR
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (NC)
Wake Forest Baptist Health

As VP, HR at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Jerri leads Talent Management, Talent Acquisition, Employee Relations, Employee Assistance (EAP), HR Compliance, and the HR Business Partnership teams, serving all 20,000 faculty, providers and staff working as part of the system.

Jerri brings a diverse background of experience to her current role, having also served in senior HR roles across other industries, including financial services, insurance and manufacturing.  Also an Engineer, Jerri spent the earlier years of her career with Accenture, consulting on business operations and processes.  Over the course of her career, Jerri has supported many companies through growth and change, and has dedicated herself to helping organizations engage and retain their talented team members in order to achieve business success.

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